Carole King makes rare tour stop

Jun 29, 2004 3:32 AM

Carole King, will conclude her first tour in more than 10 years, with an Aug. 21 performance at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Tickets go on sale Friday and range from $65 to $100. King’s 1971 "Tapestry" album topped the Billboard record charts for more than 15 weeks and included such hits as "It’s Too Late" and "You’ve Got a Friend."

Monti’s got an exclusive for you: The Las Vegas centennial celebration will get a worldwide kickoff New Year’s Day with a Bellagio Conservatory float in the 2005 Rose Parade in Pasadena. The theme is "celebrating family." The invitation came last week and the conservatory hierarchy is in the process of selecting a float builder. One thing is for sure, the conservatory designers will be working very closely with the float builder.

For months prior to Roy’s horrific accident, Siegfried & Roy tried to convince the MGM Mirage bosses to bring "Havana Night Club — The Show" to their showroom at The Mirage as a late night vehicle. After numerous discussions, it was eventually turned down for "political" and "safety" reasons. On July 30, the production will launch a six-week engagement at the Stardust.

According to a press release, Siegfried & Roy will co-produce the production along with Nicole Durr, who has also been Siegfried’s constant companion for more than a year. Kenny Ortega is the show’s new director and choreographer and I truly hope he doesn’t make it as cheesy as what he did to the pirate show at TI.

Tickets for "We Will Rock You," based on the music of Queen, have gone on sale at the Paris box office. Prices are a reasonable $80.50, $97 and $113.50 with previews beginning Aug. 16 and the gala opening in mid-September.

Hootie and the Blowfish appear at Buffalo Bill’s in Primm on Aug. 7 with tickets only $10 to mark the 10th anniversary of the property.

I’m planning to spend the weekend with the girls. First, the best freebie in town is Denise Clemente at the Sahara Casbar Theatre Lounge. She appears nightly at 8 o’clock and she is one fine songbird. Then there are three old-time chicks at the Stardust: Lesley Gore, Darlene Love and Little Peggy March tomorrow through Saturday. These are veterans who know to make a song come to life.

Our prayers and best wishes go out to Jerry Lewis. Not only did he lose his longtime manager and friend Joe Stabile, but on his way to the funeral he found out that 13-year-old muscular dystrophy advocate and telethon regular, Mattie Stepanek, had died.

I schlepped downtown to see the Golden Nugget’s new headliner Gordie Brown and was quite pleased. He’s a top-flight singer, comedian and impressionist who is absolutely funny”¦and he’s kinda cute, too. Naturally you’ll want to compare him with Danny Gans: in my opinion Mr. Gans should start looking over his shoulder.

I also visited the Golden Nugget via my television to catch "The Vegas Show." If the initial week is an indication, don’t waste your time. It’s boring! The camera work is dreadful and the sound not much better. The producers have turned Sheena Easton loose and she uses the words me and I every few seconds, which is a bit much. I’d bet the ratings are going to be dismal.

Promos for Dennis Bono’s radio show on KJUL touted Rich Little as a special guest but Little didn’t appear on the show. Inquiring minds want to know what happened.

Check out the ISLA Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar at TI for great food and lots of fun. Master Chef Richard Sandoval adds dynamic flavors to traditional Mexican cuisine that had me stuffed for a couple of days.

I want to send out a special get well greeting to Paige O’Hara, who is recouping from major surgery.

The upcoming weekend is very special. It’s a reminder of what our country is all about. It’s a celebration of life, but it’s also a time to remember those who are away from home defending the spirit of America and what it stands for. To all my GamingToday readers and to all my friends, Happy Fourth of July!